Challenge Your Thinking

Stressed .Who me?

We all deal with stressors in our daily lives that make it difficult to relax and really enjoy ourselves. Stress has been defined as "any factor that threatens the health of the body or has an adverse affecton its functioning." To appreciate what that really means to us as individuals, we have to take a moment and think about what it is that causes our stressors.

Ask yourself these questions and write your thoughts down actually committing your thoughts to writing is the magic that enables action.

  • What is stressful to me?
  • How does stress affect me?
  • When am I most vulnerable to stress?
  • When is stress good for me?

Did you know that "awareness creates the space where choice exists." So! when you become more aware of what contributes to the stress in your life, you allow yourself to make better decisions that will help minimize the impact. Stress is often fuelled by worry brought on by focusing on irrational fears and limiting beliefs about what is to come. That means, we are signing up to suffer in advance What's the point? When you feel that happening, focus on what makes you feel GOOD instead? Fun is a great counter-balance to stress for both mental and physical well-being. Start by watching Michael Bungay Stainier's Video and learn about the 8 irresistible principles of fun:

The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun

1. Get focused: Stop hiding who you really are. It's important to understand who you are and what you're all about. Then, let it shine!

2.Consider yourself: Start being intensely selfish. Don't waste your time on anything other than what is most important to you.

3. Kick the Status Quo Habit: Stop following the rules. It's no longer about what you can't do; it's about what you can do.

4. Remove your training wheels: Start scaring yourself. Explore the edges; seek out an adventure.

5. Use your wisdom: Stop taking it all so damn seriously. Lighten up

Global Organization Consulting

As the Executive V.P. of Human Resources located in Paris, I had the functional leadership challenge of evolving an existing HR organization into an international team capable of meeting the professional challenges of a changing French global manufacturing business.

Based on the initial geographical challenges we faced, I engaged Norm Gauthier to provide organizational consulting support in the U.S. I knew he was someone I could work with and trust, especially in working remotely with me from Europe. His experience, allowed him to quickly assess what we had, the major challenges we faced, and helped identify step by step what needed to be done. He also helped define the needs in terms of skills and competencies required in building an effective international HR presence.

He used his business consulting experience and knowledge of HR practice to carefully focus on individual and collective development 'gaps' creating conditions that allowed team members to take risks, experience new roles and ...in the end take on more of a leadership position. During this change management process, he took on individual and team coaching assignments in support of several organizational initiatives. He also developed several international train-the-trainer development modules, linking each to the staged development and roll-out of critical management tools.

Results of the work… we now have a worldwide HR organization that uses the same processes and tools despite their location in the world, which is rare for a Global company. Our HR members are recognized by Business Unit management as professionals they involve early in the change process to provide advice and counsel. And, with the focus on developing leadership and accountability at the operational HR management level, the team now exercises a different level of problem solving and collaboration that requires less leadership time and involvement in decision making.

An outstanding work quality that is very effective…Norman respects the fine line between the 'decision maker' and the team - thus creating a challenging environment for the boss and a safe environment for the team to take on initiatives and risk - learning conditions that we needed.

J. Dekker,
Executive V.P., Human Resources Sperian Protection

Executive Coaching & Consulting - Boston, MA

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